If you suffered heart failure, congestive heart failure, cardiac failure while taking Onglyza or Kombiglyze XR, or a loved one died after suffering heart failure while on these drugs, contact us today. There is limited time to file a lawsuit. Our Kentucky attorneys are ready to help you seek compensation in Louisville or anywhere in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
What is Onglyza and Kombiglyze XR?
Onglyza and Kombiglyze XR are two medications that are commonly used in the United States for treatment of Type 2 diabetes. Both drugs work by sending a signal to the pancreas. They tell the pancreas that that it needs to produce increased amounts of insulin. In turn, that insulin helps to control the patient’s blood sugar levels. Onglyza is manufactured by AstraZeneca, and Kombiglyze XR is manufactured by Bristol Meyers-Meyers Squibb. They were respectively approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2009 and 2010. Revenue expected to be generated from these drugs in 2018 is expected to exceed $2.8 billion.
Saxagliptin and Warnings
Both Onglyza and Kombiglyze XR contain saxagliptin which was later suspected to have caused a 27 percent increase in hospitalizations due to congestive heart failure. Along with an increased risk of congestive heart failure came other serious cardiovascular issues. As a result, AstraZeneca and Bristol-Meyers Squibb were ordered by the FDA to add new warnings on the boxes of the two medications about the possible increased risk of heart failure.
Lawsuits Against AstraZeneca and Bristol-Meyers Squibb in Kentucky
To date, about 100 lawsuits have been filed against AstraZeneca and Bristol-Meyers Squibb. Those lawsuits were scattered around the country, but they share common issues. Early in 2018, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated the cases and placed them in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky in Louisville. Future cases involving the medications that are filed in the federal courts will also be placed there. The number of those lawsuits is expected to rise rapidly. Plaintiffs are claiming that they suffered a variety of conditions connected with congestive heart failure.
The lawsuits against AstraZeneca and Bristol-Meyers Squibb are based on the law of product liability. Here are some of the most common allegations in them:
- The defendants failed to adequately test the two medications before placing them on the market.
- They sold the drugs regardless of being aware of their risks.
- The defendants manufactured, marketed and sold unreasonably dangerous and defective medications to health care providers with inadequate warnings of possible congestive heart failure. Those medications were then passed on to the general public, some of whom were injured by the products..
- Both of the companies misled the medical profession about the risks of the drugs through affirmative statements. The medical profession relied on those misleading statements and prescribed the medications to the general public. Some members of the general public were injured as a result of those misleading statements after being prescribed the medications by their doctors.
Diabetes patients who were fortunate enough to survive a cardiovascular event involving Onglyza are burdened with costly medical and rehabilitation bills. Then there is the emotional toll on both the victim and his or her family. On top of the economic and non-economic damages suffered by victims and their families, punitive damages might be awarded in order to send a message to the entire pharmaceutical industry as a whole.
There is also other evidence that Onglyza might be connected with pancreatitis that can develop into pancreatic cancer. Other than one study at UCLA, the only others have been funded by the gigantic pharmaceutical industry. Of course, those studies show that there is no link between Onglyza and pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer. More research on how the drug affects the pancreas is needed.
Louisville Personal Injury Lawyers
We’re closely monitoring this litigation here in Kentucky. If you’re a Type 2 diabetic, and you suffered a cardiac condition that you believe was caused by Onglyza or Kombiglyze XR, you might be eligible for compensation. If you believe that either of these two medications caused or contributed to the death of a family member, that’s all the more reason to get in touch with us.
If you suffered cardiovascular failure or lost a family member while he or she was taking Onglyza or Kombiglyze XR you only have a limited amount of time to file your lawsuit. Talk with an lawyer from our offices right away so that you’re not barred by the applicable statute of limitations in your state. We don’t even charge ANY legal fees unless we obtain a settlement or verdict for you.